Why You Should Invest in a Tankless Water Heater

Is your tank water heater 10-15 years old or older? It is time to start thinking about replacement. Once a water heater hits the 15-year mark, repairing it if it breaks down may only delay the inevitable. While tank water heaters are less expensive to purchase than tankless models, you may want to consider this investment. In the long run, a tankless water heater may save you money and offer more convenience than choosing to stick with a tank model.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Do you ever run out of hot water in your home? Does your water heater take up space that could be better utilized? These are some of the issues that a tankless water heater can solve. Here are some of the advantage of switching to a tankless model when it comes time to replace your water heater.

  • Endless hot water. With a tankless water heater, you get on-demand hot water. The supply will never run out, even if everyone in the family takes a shower in morning.
  • Less space. Tankless means you will no longer need to fill part of your utility room or a closet with a water heater. Tankless models can be hung on a wall, even put outside.
  • Energy efficiency. There is a substantial savings on your energy when you switch to on-demand hot water. You no longer need to keep hundreds of gallons of water hot 24/7, saving you on your energy bills.
  • Damage to your home. There is always a risk that a tank water heater can spring a leak, causing water damage to your home. A leak when you are not home could cost you thousands in repairs and restoration.

Save on energy bills and enjoy the convenience of a tankless water heater when it comes time to replace your old tank. Talk to your local plumber about the options available in tankless water heaters for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Drips Under Your Sink? Don’t Wait Too Long to Get It Fixed

Most people have dealt with a drip or slow leak from the pipes under the sink. Whether it is in the kitchen or bathroom, there are often several connections where a small leak can occur in the plumbing. It may seem inconsequential, since the leak only causes an occasion drip. Before you just wrap some plumber’s tape around the joint or stick a bucket under the sink to catch the drips, here are some reasons to get that leak fixed sooner than later.

Small Drips Add Up Fast

A drip from a faucet or leaking pipe can lead to a big amount of water waste. Even if there are only a few drips a minute, that can end up being a gallon or more water wasted every day. While a gallon may not seem like much, that is 365 gallons wasted over a year, water that could be used elsewhere.

Small Leaks Can Become Big at Anytime

If there is a small leak, it will only get worse. It may take weeks or even months, but when it grows, it may become a large leak all at once. You may or may not be home at the time, which could lead to serious damage in your home. A flowing leak from a pipe under a sink can ruin flooring and anything under the room. It is much less costly to have it repaired than to replace floors, ceilings and other items in your home.

Don’t ignore plumbing leaks. Whether it is a faucet, pipe or running toilet, call your local plumber to get it fixed. It will stop water waste and protect you from serious, expensive damage to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471

Top 3 Benefits of Using Green Plumbing

How green is your plumbing? While you may recycle paper, glass, aluminum and other materials, or drive a hybrid vehicle, leading a green lifestyle does not stop there. Your plumbing is another area where you can conserve natural resources and make a difference in the world. Here are some of the benefits of upgrading to green plumbing, both for the planet and your family.

  1. Reduce water waste. Not only is there a limited supply of fresh, clean water, creating and delivering water uses energy and depletes natural resources. Green plumbing fixtures and appliances use less water and help conserve this valuable resource for future generations.
  2. Lower your utility costs. By choosing green plumbing, you get the benefit of saving money on your utility bills. Options like tankless water heaters use less energy, saving you a significant amount on electricity or gas. Reduced water use can lower your water bill, or put less stress on your well or septic system for lower maintenance costs, all adding up to more money in your bank account each year.
  3. Added style. Upgrading faucets, washers and other fixtures to green options gives you a chance to update your home. New faucets and appliances not only can reduce waste and save you money, they can help stylize your bathroom, kitchen and utility rooms with a new look. Replace old or outdated plumbing fixtures with new trends that add value to your home and conserve on water.

There are many green plumbing options available on the market, from Energy Star appliances and fixtures, to tankless water heaters and low-flow toilets. Talk to your local plumber about how to make your home’s plumbing green and begin enjoying the benefits.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Preventing Frozen Plumbing Pipes

Every year, thousands of homes become victim to frozen water pipes, especially in areas that have milder climates. While colder regions construct their homes with careful attention to insulating water pipes, milder or warmer regions may skimp on the insulation. This can leave unsuspecting homeowners with a burst pipe that can cause thousands of dollars in damage to their home when a cold weather snap hits. Here are some tips to prevent frozen plumbing pipes to avoid damage to your home.

  • Add insulation. While it may be expensive to insulate the pipes under your home, it can be a smaller cost than the damage these pipes can cause if they freeze. Talk to your local plumber about insulation options if you have had frozen pipes in the past.
  • Keep the house warm. A warm house can be enough to stop freezing pipes. Set your thermostat for at least 58 degrees to keep it warm enough to prevent frozen pipes, even if you are not home.
  • Wrap exposed pipes. You can wrap insulating plumbing tapes around exposed pipes in your garage, crawl space or outdoor faucets to prevent freezing.
  • Run a trickle of water on cold nights. While wasteful of water, a trickle of water left running on the coldest nights can help prevent freezing by keeping the water in the pipes moving.

If you do get a frozen pipe (no water coming to your faucet), call in an expert water line repair plumber. A plumber can locate the frozen pipe and often prevent it from bursting. While you will still have a small expenditure for the plumber service, it is much less expensive than the damage a burst water pipe can cause.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 884-4678

3 Tips for Hiring a Commercial Plumber

Plumbing problems are never a welcomed event, but when they happen at your business, it can cost you more than just a repair. Plumbing issues can shut down your business, especially if you own a restaurant, hair salon or other service enterprise that depends on your plumbing. Having a reliable commercial plumber on speed dial is important. Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency to find a quality commercial plumber. Here are three tips to choose a commercial plumber for all your business’ plumbing needs.

  1. Experience. You wanted a commercial plumber that has been trusted for decades. When it comes to your business, choose a plumber that has successfully served your community for many years.
  2. For your commercial plumbing needs, you want one plumbing company that can handle whatever issue comes your way. Hire a plumber that offers a wide variety of services, from general plumbing to sewer or septic repair, covering all your plumbing issues.
  3. Emergency calls. When it comes to commercial plumbing problems, you don’t have time to waste. You need a commercial plumber that will be there when you need them the most. Choose a plumber that is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to ensure they will be able to fix your plumbing issues when they arrive and get you back up and running to reduce lost revenue.

Your commercial plumber should be a company you can trust to ensure your business does not need to shut down due to a clogged pipe, septic backup or broken plumbing fixture. Choose your plumber carefully to reduce the stress and impact of plumbing problems on your business.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

3 Signs Your Water Heater is Failing

Water heaters often seem to fail without warning. One day, you jump in the shower and there is no hot water. However, there are usually warning signs that a water heater is failing if you know what to expect. Water heaters tend to last about ten years, but any time after eight years you should be on the lookout for issues.  Here are three signs your water heater may be coming to the end of its lifespan, so you can proactively replace it before it fails.

  1. Strange noises. Is your water heater making more noise than before? Banging, gurgling or popping noises are usually due to sediment buildup. Draining your tank can help, but too much sediment over time will lead to failure.
  2. Leaks. A major tank leak is often the reason a water heater is replaced. However, small leaks can occur that should be a warning that a major leak or failure is around the corner. Watch for moisture around the tank or small puddles.
  3. Hot water issues. Does it seem to take longer to get hot water or the temperature doesn’t seem to be as warm as before? Does your hot water have a tinge of color to it? Changes in your hot water temperature or color can be a sign there is a problem with your water heater.

It is better to replace your water heater on your schedule than wait for the tank to spring a leak or to wake up to a cold shower. Keep an eye and ear open for issues with your water heater once it is several years old. When it begins having problems, call your local plumber and have it proactively replaced before it fails.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471

How to Keep Your Drains Clog-Free

Drain clogs are the most common problem in plumbing. The substances that go down the drain do not always make it through the piping, getting caught inside. Clogs are usually an accumulation of debris that congeals and creates a blockage. Hair, soap, grease and food debris are common clogging factors. To avoid the cost of professional drain cleaning, there are a few preventive measures you can take. Here are some tips.

Use Liquid Soap

Many people prefer bar soap, but it can lead to problems in your plumbing. Bar soap is made from fats that turn into a solid. The small pieces of soap and even the foam can build up in your plumbing, attracting hair and other debris to form a clog. Liquid soap is less likely to create a clog, since it will not revert to a solid.

Add Drain Catchers

Keep hair, soap pieces and other small items out of your drains with a drain catcher. These are especially needed in your bathroom drains. Hair is the biggest issue in these drains, both human and pet hair. Make sure to keep a drain catcher in your tub, shower and bathroom sink to prevent hair and other debris from going down into your pipes.

Do Not Over Use Your Garage Disposal

Garbage disposals can breakdown food and keep smelly items out of your garbage. However, overusing your disposal can lead to drain clogs. Garbage disposals are not meant to grind up all foods. Keep tough peelings from produce out of your disposal. Also, avoid egg shells, coffee grounds and fats from foods, all which can create drain clogs.

Making an effort to keep clogging elements out of your drains can prevent many drain problems. However, when a clog does occur, make sure to have it completely removed by a professional plumber to keep your drains flowing.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

3 Things to Love About PEX Piping

Are you adding a new bathroom or plumbing appliance, or need to replace existing piping? One option available for plumbing repairs and new application is PEX or cross-linked polyethylene flexible tubing piping. Before you decide which type of pipes to use for your project, consider the benefits of using PEX. Here are three things to love about PEX piping for your indoor plumbing needs.

  1. Less expensive. One of the main selling points of PEX over other piping like copper is that is it cost effective. PEX costs about 25% less than copper and require less labor to install. This can save you plenty on your plumbing project, both in materials and labor costs.
  2. PEX is known for its durability. It is freeze-resistant and does not corrode like other piping. It also stops buildup in the piping, which can make it last longer and prevent clogs. Although it can freeze, it can expand up to eight times before it freezes, making it less likely to burst due to cold temperatures.
  3. Versatile. PEX piping is flexible and small, making it very versatile. It can fit easier in areas where it is difficult to add stiff copper pipe. It can even be threaded under concrete, but it is not appropriate for outdoor use.

If you want to know if PEX can be used in your next plumbing project, talk to your local plumber. In some cases, it can be a better option and may save you money on your project. Your plumber can discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using PEX piping, or why another piping option may be better for your project.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 884-4678

4 Excellent Reasons to Install an Outside Shower

Have you ever considered installing an outside shower at your home? While it may not be a necessity, it can have some excellent benefits. There are occasions when an outdoor shower can be handy – consider these four benefits to an outdoor shower on your back patio.

  1. Dirty kids. Kids like to get dirty – it is one of the things they do best! But getting them clean can cause another mess in the bathroom, especially when they track their dirt and mud all the way through the house. After messy outdoor play, have kids rinse off in the outside shower to keep the dirt out of your home.
  2. Dirty dogs. Dogs need baths, but they can also make a mess inside. Outdoor showers are perfect for giving your furry kids a bath without messing up the bathroom. It is much more comfortable for them than an outdoor hose that only has cold water.
  3. After swimming. If you have a pool with chlorine, you need to rinse off after a swim to protect your skin and hair. Outdoor showers on your pool deck or patio let you rinse without tracking in water through the house.
  4. Have you ever taken a shower under the stars or in the bright morning sun? It can be an enjoyable experience, with nature as your ceiling.

Adding an outdoor shower as part of your bathroom remodeling project can be a wonderful, convenient fixture for your family. Talk to your local plumber about options for creating a shower area on your patio or pool deck. It can be an affordable addition that can make life easier and create less mess in your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Water heaters can last over a decade, some lasting twenty years or more with good maintenance. It is easy to neglect your water heater and forget that these appliances do need replacement. If you have had your water heater for ten years or more, it is time to start considering replacing your unit before you wake up one morning to a cold shower. Some early signs that your water heater is reaching the end of its life can include:

  • Shorter periods of hot water
  • Water not getting as hot
  • Increased noise from the unit
  • Leaking

While these can also be signs that your water heater needs repair, if it is over ten years old, repairing may be a waste of money. Putting a bandage on an appliance that has already reached the average lifespan may only keep it running for a few more months. Instead, these indications are a sign that it is time to start considering investing in a new water heater.

There are many options when it comes to replacing your water heater. Tank water heaters come in electric and gas models, with various sizes. If running out of hot water has always been a problem, considering getting a larger tank or opting for a tankless model. Tankless or on-demand water heaters are compact, without a tank, and heat water as you need it. This ensures you always have hot water and these models can save quite a bit on your energy bills.

If your water heater is nearing the end of its life, talk to your local plumber about replacement. Ask about upgrading to a tankless model for your home or other options before your old unit finally quits.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471